Held on June 20 at Incheon Songdo Conventia, Korea Coast Guard also becomes co-hosts for event designed to boost tourism in Incheon in support of campaign promoted by Incheon City
Dignitaries are lined up at the opening of Korea Ocean Expo 2018 on June 20 at Incheon Songdo Conventia, also designed to help “Discover Incheon” tourism campaign by Incheon city.
A scene from 2018 Korea Ocean Expo. (Photos: Incheon City)
The Incheon Tourism Organization (ITO), Incheon Metropolitan City and the Korea Coast Guard opened the 2018 Korea Ocean Expo at Incheon Songdo Conventia on June 20 in step with the city’s “Discover Incheon” campaign.
The campaign is designed to drum up tourism for the port city, which is already well-known for its highly valued tourism landmarks, Incheon Int’l Airport and Incheon Harbor. Co-hosted by the ITO and Reed K Fairs, the ocean expo saw some 151 companies show off some of the most modern marine safety equipment, along with small- and medium-sized shipbuilders displaying core safety equipment.
The foreign buyers included a number of coast guards, shipbuilding equipment makers from a total of nine countries. Some held one-on-one sales consultations with the Korean ocean equipment makers displaying their equipment at the expo. ITO officials said they strengthened the professionalism of the export consultations this time around, with the joint exhibition halls operated by KOMERI, the Korea Shipbuilding Material Equipment Research Institute and the Korea Ocean Marine Equipment Agency (KOMEA).
The expo also had an exhibition hall for unmanned airplanes.
Also held at the expo were: the Conference on Korean Association of Maritime Police Science (June 20), the Technical Seminar (June 20), the 3rd International Water Safety Symposium (June 19-23), Hebei Spirit Oil Pollution International Conference (June 21), Joint Conference on Korean Society of Marine Environment and Safety and Korea National Park Research Institute (June 21-22) and the Workshop on Korea Coast Guard (June 20-23).
For the sake of popularizing marine safety culture, a number of exhibitions were held on safety, such as those on maritime safety, drone navigation, VR, cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation, a lifesaver wearing campaign, among others.
At the Marine Safety Golden Bell, a special program for youths, a number of awards were presented, including the Maritime Police Force Commander Award, the Inchon Mayor Award, and the Incheon Education Commissioner Award.
An ITO official said the expo was held to give the shipbuilding industry a shot in the arm to get itself of out of the current slump.
“We will continue try to make the event to grow to be a great international fair, not just being a regional exhibition in the Incheon area,” the official said.
Incheon City and Songdo Conventia went to Dubrovnik, Croatia, for five days from June 5-9 to hold B2B consultations with the MICE buyers gathered at the M&I Europe Dubrovnik, the largest MICE B2B event in Europe, which was hosted by the Worldwide Event in Britain and is held in 9 major countries in the world including Europe and North America in such countries as Spain, France and Mexico. Around 90 percent of the sellers consisted of those who participated in the M&I Forum. They were able to participate in the M&I Forum, one of the major MICE B2B events and succeeded to paving the way to the exploration of the European market, a significant achievement.
“We’ll continue to participate in the follow-up events to make Songdo Conventia more competitive internationally,” an official said. In the meantime, Incheon City and Songdo Conventia have been contacting the Worldwide Event of Britain to invite the M&I Forum to hold its meetings in Songdo Conventia.
President Chae Hong-ki of the ITO, which operates Songdo Conventia, said they will bring the M&I Forum to Songdo Conventia to consolidate its position as the leading MICE business platform in Asia so that MICE businesses in Incheon might make a jump in their development.